College degrees by intellectual difficulty

In genius studies, college degrees by intellectual difficulty refers to []

In c.1991, Libb Thims, via research in the education section a community college library, had determined that chemical engineering and neurosurgery were colloquially considered as the most intellectually difficult degrees to pursue, study, and obtain.

In 2002, Thims, in a study of physical attractiveness (beauty) vs. intellectual ability (brains), in efforts to find quantifiable proof behind Beckhap’s law (see: Beckhap’s law proof), had 14 college students rank the “intellectual difficulty” of the 90 degrees obtained by female students of the 1969 and 1970 graduating classes of the University of Illinois, Chicago, on a scale of 1 “easiest” to 100 “hardest”, the results of which are shown below: [1]


Degree difficulty 70-80s
Degree difficulty 60s
degrees 20s to 40s



1. (a) Thims, Libb. (2002). “UIC: Attractiveness vs. Intelligence Date: 2,000 graduation photos rated for attractiveness and undergraduate degrees per each photo rated for intellectual difficulty”, IoHT Research Project.
(a) Thims, Libb. (2003). Human Thermodynamics, Volumes 1-3 (Research project #, pg. 221). IoHT Publications.
(c) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (UIC: Attractiveness vs. Intelligence Study, pgs. 671-72). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.

External links
What are the hardest undergraduate college degrees in the world? (2017) – Quora.
Which university degree is the most intellectually difficult? (2016) – Quora.
What is the most difficult degree? (2016) – Quora.
IQ Estimates by College Major (2017) –

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